WHAT IS RCIA?
RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. RCIA is the process by which non-Catholic adults (technically anyone over the age of seven) are received into the Catholic Church. RCIA is available in two ways. The first is geared for those who have not received Christian baptism of any kind. The second is for those who have been baptized in a Christian denomination using the proper formula (in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit).
WHY IS BAPTISM A DISTINCTION?
A valid baptism can only occur once in a lifetime. Once original sin is removed and a person is claimed for Christ (even as an infant), it is an action that can never be repeated. So, those who have already been validly baptized in another Christian tradition have already received the sacrament and need only profess their acceptance of the Catholic faith as the Church established by Christ.
HOW LONG IS THE PROCESS?
Here at Our Lady of the Fatima Parish we use a nine-month model. It begins in September and goes through May, meeting weekly (except for a few holidays). There are four phases; the last three are each marked by a Liturgical Rite. Then, Baptism (or profession) occurs at the Easter Vigil.
HOW DO WE GET STARTED?
The RCIA process is basically a guide to conversion of heart led by the Holy Spirit. A team of instructors help lead the Catechumen through the process explaining the Church from its Jewish roots through the life of Jesus, to His Sacraments and the modern Church, and how the Church administers the Seven Sacraments. If you, or if someone you know might be interested in exploring the RCIA program, please contact the parish office.